It's 1838, and Patrick and Grace Leary are aboard The Sirius, set to become the first ever ship to sail from Dublin to New York using only steam power. But their cousin Ben is on board Brunel's giant steamship the Great Western in Bristol, and he's convinced he'll be in New York before them. With fires causing havoc, Brunel getting injured and one ship running out of coal, which steam driven sea monster has the power to win this dangerous race?
Terry Deary began his writing career with fiction for A and C Black. He is now author of over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, which have been published in 40 languages. His historical fiction for older children Tudor Terror has been praised as a marvellous blend of fact and fiction (School Librarian). His non-fiction has been consistently n the best-seller lists since 1994. His Horrible Histories celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2008, having sold over 25 million copies worldwide and been adapted as television series, theatre tours and museum exhibitions. Terry Deary was voted Outstanding children's non-fiction author of the 20th Century by Books for Keeps magazine.